This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history.

Part 1: Back in 1999

March 1999. A 1999 T5 VW Caravelle van was bought by a family in Sweden for $30,990. We can speculate that they used her to enjoy the freedom of van camping and exploring the great outdoors since she accrued quite a bit of kilometers, but was kept by the same owners for 10 years.

Rapport — carVertical.pdf

Part 2: life as a second hand van

2009 - 2013. The van changes several hands in Sweden, enjoying new encounters across the country In 2020 She is examined for emissions in Vilnius, Lithuania. By now she had been driven 300,000 km.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

Part 3: a van transformed into a war hero

March 10th 2020. Operation PinkBus acquired her for 4500 Euros. Her ownership is transferred to Adnan, and Natacha brings her along with 13 others to Lublin where she is given to the Ukrainians for evacuations.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

The rest of March. The van performs evacuations throughout Ukraine, including Donetsk. Her expected value was thought to drop to zero, and be sold as parts… but she made it.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

March 24th. Natacha gets a great idea, and the van is quickly bartered and agreed to be exchanged for 2 other vans, in practice repurchased by Operation PinkBus for 13,200 Euros.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

April 15th. She re-enters the EU, at the Polish border of Ukraine. Her starting bid is now $200,000

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

April 25th. The van arrives in Montpellier, France for her transformation.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

May 1st. She begins her transformation

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

June 5. The sculpture formerly known as van #4 goes live on auction.

This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history
This is the story of the most valuable VW minivan in all of history

All the proceeds of the auction will go directly to the sourcing of vehicles, materials, and Ukrainian manpower. Our Ukrainian partners continue to need vans to transport resources, and funds for the related costs such as gasoline. Operation PinkBus is now hiring Ukrainian drivers (supporting job creation) and providing them with basic first aid training. We will be helping the Ukrainians with mobile medical relief efforts and emergency rescues as needed. In recently liberated eastern regions we will convoy large amounts of medical aid and food. We intend to fund transatlantic collection and transportation of donations of ambulances and meals. Our immediate rebuilding projects range from rebuilding urgently needed school roofs and hospital windows, and small yet critical rural river crossings.

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PinkBus operation statistics

People relocated
PinkBus
15K+
Tons of aid delivered
PinkBus
178+
Funds raised
PinkBus
$350,000+
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